know (one's) place

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know (one's) place

To be aware of the limit of one's role in a particular place or situation. I know my place, so I don't bother the CEO when I see him around the office. I'm just an intern, after all.
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know one's place

to know the behavior appropriate to one's position or status in life. I know my place. I won't speak unless spoken to. People around here are expected to know their place. You have to follow all the rules.
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know one's place

Behave suitably for one's position, rank, or status. This idiom often has the sense of "to behave humbly, not criticize ones' superiors," as in Sorry, I know my place and I can't tell you more about my supervisor's plans. [Late 1500s] Also see put one in one's place.
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know your ˈplace

behave in a way that shows that you know what your social position is and which people are more important than you: My grandfather believed that life was simpler when he was young, when everybody knew their place.
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They do not know their place and they will never know their place.
But she's a dog and dogs have to know their place, which is way down the pecking order.
According to the article Al Wasoof's manager said, "God bless those who know their place in society," in reference Najwa.
But this lady is from Seaton Carew, where females often build their biceps, sport tattoos and are forceful - and men know their place.
Young people need to know their place in the world, ``Fitz'' believes, and that place isn't exactly exalted.
The Irish do know their place, which is as a country which has not forgotten its pride and culture.
PWHEN Roger Skidmore states that Walsall know their place in football and society he is correct.
Even the foxes know their place and are leaving it well alone.
Some people clearly know their place in the universe.
It's not as though kickers don't know their place in football.
Drivers on the Golden State Freeway have been sharing the road this summer with furry, four-legged critters that seem to know their place and how to stay out of harm's way.